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refugee

Line breaks: refu|gee
Pronunciation: /rɛfjʊˈdʒiː
 
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Definition of refugee in English:

noun

A person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster: tens of thousands of refugees fled their homes [as modifier]: a refugee camp
More example sentences
  • The government wants to dump refugees into camps in isolated areas around Britain.
  • Immigrants and refugees are not likely to be people who have lived in affluent suburbs.
  • We hear next to nothing of the refugee camps, the economic and social embargoes and the massacres.
Synonyms
displaced person, DP, escapee, fugitive, asylum seeker, runaway, exile, émigré, stateless person, outcast, returnee
Australian informal reffo

Origin

late 17th century: from French réfugié 'gone in search of refuge', past participle of (se) réfugier, from refuge (see refuge).

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